Paranoid Park (novel)

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This article is about the novel. For the film, see Paranoid Park (film). For the park in Portland nicknamed Paranoid Park, see O'Bryant Square. For the skate park used in the film, see Burnside Skatepark.
Paranoid Park
Paranoid Park (Blake Nelson novel) cover art.jpg
Author Blake Nelson
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Viking
Publication date
Pages 180
ISBN 978-0-670-06118-1
OCLC 64229860

Paranoid Park (2006) is a young adult novel by Blake Nelson.


A 16-year-old skateboarder who tries to fit in with the skater crowd accidentally kills a security guard while trying to board a train. Much of the plot concerns the character struggling to cope with what he has done while also trying to avoid being caught. The author has said that the book is a retelling of Crime and Punishment in a young adult fiction setting.[1] The novel takes place in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

The novel has been adapted into a film by director Gus Van Sant, released in 2007, also called Paranoid Park.[2]


  1. ^ "Interviews:Violence, and Silence, in Nelson's 'Paranoid Park'". NPR:Fresh Air. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  2. ^ Blake Nelson interviewing Gus Van Sant, NY Times 2008